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IBM to enlist high-k metal gate technology with its 45nm chips

Alongside Intel’s news of 45nm process technology, IBM today announced its own 45nm technological advancements that apply to products manufactured in its East Fishkill, NY plant starting in 2008.

Working with AMD and its other development partners including Sony and Toshiba, IBM has found a way to construct a critical part of the transistor with high-k metal gates, that substitutes a new material into a critical portion of the transistor that controls its primary on/off switching function. The material provides superior electrical properties compared to its predecessor, silicon dioxide, enhancing the transistor's function while also reducing leakage.

As important as the new material is the method for introducing it into current manufacturing techniques. The creation of this transistor component with the new material was accomplished by the IBM team without requiring major tooling or process changes in manufacturing - an essential element if the technology is to be economically viable.

“Until now, the chip industry was facing a major roadblock in terms of how far we could push current technology,” said Dr. T.C. Chen, vice president of Science and Technology, IBM Research. “After more than ten years of effort, we now have a way forward. With chip technology so pervasive in our everyday lives, this work will benefit people in many ways.”



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By koss on 1/28/2007 1:44:20 PM , Rating: 2
Do not worry
As they are development partners, thus shall be applied to the patient of their discovery. Therefore implanting the technology into IBM's solution line would require payment towards AMD (basicly for the help). Furthermore both of the companies are not really in a competition, having in MIND who rules the current CPU market, both in TERMS of PDA/Laptops/Desktops/Servers (maybe rockets as well lol).
In my opinion, they will license the technology for each other, implanting into own products:
I see their partners using more or less in mobile devices (or pocket ones).
AMD is seeking nemesis from Intel in the FRONT line with desktop/server CPU's, while Cell is going 45nm with High-K.
I would bet things will get pretty messy this year, as the corporating business will tighten the things around.
AMD is major player and a complete solution developer as of ATI aquisition. This presented in terms of both CPU and home GFX market. I would see co-operation with IBM anyhow.

Otherwise plainly Intel got it all. Technology, plants power, resources... Whatever it takes to build another 5 or so years lasting empire. And it is ridiculous to speak that future is unpredictable at least at this point.
Besides Intel ALWAYS preserve a 25+% Laboratory GAP. They got C2D @3,8-4 GHz working right now I am sure.


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